The Institute of Archaeology has recently agreed to host the new Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice in Archaeology (CASPAR). Archaeology has a long record of being a subject for television and radio, and is now making excellent use of the newer digital technologies. Sometimes the relationship between archaeology and audio-visual media has been controversial, yet there is no doubt that archaeology has benefited from widespread public exposure over the last 50 years, and that new technologies are allowing are allowing us to rethink how people engage with archaeology.
The aim of the Centre is to:
- advocate the greater use of audio-visual media within archaeology;
- be an active voice for greater use and understanding of archaeological practises and themes within broadcasting and ICT;
- enable inventive and creative use of audio-visual media by archaeologists;
- promote research into the relationship between audio-visual media and archaeology.
The Centre will pursue its aims through organising conferences and workshops; publishing books and articles; organising film festivals and showings; compiling and maintaining a database of archaeology films, TV and radio programmes and websites; helping to provide input into relevant university courses; helping to run research seminars at the Institute of Archaeology; and carrying out research into its area of study.
You are welcome to attend the launch and reception to mark the inauguration of the new Centre at 2.00 pm on the 23rd April 2010.
The programme for the afternoon is:
2:00 Steve Shennan, Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Introduction and welcome
2:30 Julian Richards, broadcaster, Archaeology on TV and radio
3:00 Dan Pett, British Museum, Archaeology on the Internet
3:45 Andy Gardner, Institute of Archaeology, Archaeology and gaming
4:15 Angela Piccini, Bristol University, Research into archaeology and
4:45 Don Henson, Hon. Director CASPAR, The potential and remit of the
5:00 Wine reception
If you would like to come along, please contact Don Henson at the Council for British Archaeology